Willson L. Rollinson, 86, of East Providence, RI passed away peacefully on May 7th, 2020 surrounded by his loving wife Carmel and family. Born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, he was the son of the late Jim Rollinson and Jean Robertson. He was also the brother of the late Pearl Austin and Ruth Dipippo.
Will is survived by his wife Carmel, of 32 years, his four children Cathie Jankowski, Connie Rollinson, Mark and Craig Rollinson, and his stepson Gualter Lourenco. He is also survived by four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren, three nieces, Vivian McCraw, Vivian Smith and Sandy Maher, as well as many family members and friends. Will was lovingly known as “Pops.” He was a family man, with a great sense of humor. Once you were his friend- it was for life. Pops provided support, wisdom, kindness, and love to all. He was the patriarch of our family and there wasn’t anything that pops couldn’t fix, or help you fix.
Will was a graduate of Roger Williams University and served in the Navy during the Korean War. He retired from the Foxboro Company after 40 years in 2002. Will was an active member and instructor of the Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Amateur Radio Club. His call sign was “N1DPY.” He loved directing the annual radio club field days, parades, and other club events. His radio club friends will remember him from Sunday morning breakfast at Bliss Dairy.
Pops will be missed dearly.
Due to the current state of the coronavirus crisis, a private family prayer service will take place at Perry-McStay Funeral Home. Friends and family are invited to view a live video stream on Monday, May 11, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to, The American Cancer Society, P.O. BOX 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or St. Martha’s Church, 2595 Pawtucket Ave, East Providence, RI 02914.
A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. in St. Martha’s Church, 2595 Pawtucket Ave, East Providence with Military Honors to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.